SDLP Leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell MP MLA has appointed Ballymoney man Daniel Hendrie to join councillors in North Antrim as a local party representatives for people in the Ballymoney area.
Daniel will be working closely with Ballymoney Cllr Harry Connolly to serve the needs of people in the area.
Mr Hendrie, who is currently Vice-Chair of the SDLP in North Antrim, said: “I am honoured to have been selected by SDLP Leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell to work alongside Cllr Harry Connolly as a local SDLP representative for Ballymoney.
“I believe that the core founding values of the SDLP are becoming more and more relevant in our community with social justice, reconciliation and forward thinking economics being the only solutions to the current political quagmire and our dire unemployment situation in Ballymoney.
“As a local representative I work to help everyone in our community, particularly young people like myself. Too many people of my generation have been left with no other option but to flee our island and emigrate to Australia and Canada due to the sheer lack of employment opportunities here.
“This has torn so many local families apart and has been very painful for these people’s parents, siblings and friends.
“In my new role will endeavour to assist local businesses in accessing government services to create jobs for people here and will do my best to help those being hit by cuts to welfare and working tax credits.
“This is an exciting challenge and I look forward to playing a role in the SDLP locally to improve the quality of life for people in Ballymoney.”
Dr McDonnell added: “Since becoming SDLP Leader I have pledged that I would make the party at all times electorally battle ready.
“I have begun that process internally and part of that is about identifying energetic people like Daniel who can look to fill some of the gaps that have emerged, represent the SDLP locally, serve the Ballymoney community and prepare to fight upcoming local government elections.
“I am sure Daniel will do a sterling job in supporting our local councillors in representing the interests of people in the area.
“I am delighted to have this dynamic, vibrant and able young man on board and I look forward to working with them to help people in Ballymoney.”